I am very appreciative of the Grief Support Group because I was a very difficult case.
My daughter died from leukaemia at age 26 after battling the disease for only six months. At the time of her death, I have not even got over the shock of the news to deal with it. This was still not easy.
I came from a very dysfunctional family. So after her death, it was not easy for me to come to terms with the loss. I did not care about my life. As a single parent to my only daughter, I gave up on life and tried to commit suicide. But it was not my time to die and so I am writing this now.
I am part of the Buddhist Soka Gakkai group together with my daughter and our lives revolved around their activities. But shortly after my daughter’s death, everyone including my family expected me to snap out of it after a certain period of time. After only one month, everyone I knew expected me to stop crying. But even after one year, I still could not function. In my depressed state, I did not feel hungry nor want to eat. I was like a zombie and people were even afraid to look at me. My pain and shock was so great. I actually did not know how to eat or live for 3 years.
Since I could not move on in life, I actually sought for any kind of counsel or help. God must have been kind to me because I had the opportunity to attend the Grief Support Group conducted by Edmund and Pauline. They and their core team had always been so sensitive and comforting to me. You know, just sharing their sincere concern to me is not something we easily find anywhere.
The Grief Support Group was very important in helping me move on. I met new friends who were also in grief and along with them, we learned how to live again. I had to deal with a lot of my bitterness from the past. I got answers to many of my questions. I had blamed myself on my daughter’s death and I was in extreme depression. I had even gone for psychological therapy and medication but this had not helped me the way Support Group did.
The Group’s core team was always there for me, always checking on my well-being. They were with me in my most difficult times. I regained the strength to live from them. I could call them whenever I need to share my pain. I also had one-to-one counselling with Pauline and Edmund. They invited me to dinners, parties and seminars to cheer me up and educate me on the grieving process.
Today I am in America because my brother asked me to try out living there. Even though it is not easy, I have managed to get along pretty well in the US. My appreciation and thanks to all who are involved in the Grief Support Group.